Because it’s a competitive market for job seekers, recruiters can find it tough to find the right candidate for a role they’re trying to fill. This can be especially true when there is a very specific requirement or the pipeline of potential candidates has dried up. The longer a position stays open, the costlier the open position becomes due to the time, energy, effort, and productivity expended to hire a candidate. If it’s been days, weeks, months, and that job order is still open, it might be time to change up your approach and use a different method to find that needle in the haystack.
Consider this split placement story where a recruiter’s client needed a specific type of candidate, and after combing through his network, he had to change his approach:
An Indonesia-based member of NPAworldwide was assisting a client who was looking for a senior mobile application developer. Hiring talent for the IT industry has been tough in Indonesia as late, especially for developer talent. The recruiter conducted a long process of screening more than 100 candidates, who may have been right for the role, but none of whom were available for a new job for various reasons, such as not desiring a permanent position, still happy in the current role, or they are still in a binding contract.
Instead of just giving up and saying he exhausted all his networking contacts and candidates, he decided to reach out to another NPAworldwide member in Indonesia for collaboration in the recruitment project. This firm provided several candidates, one of whom his firm targeted, and, after about a two-month hiring process, the client finally offered the candidate a position.
“Because of the existence of NPAworldwide, which gives us chances to collaborate with other members, we could successfully generate a placement for this particular position,” he said. “It left us a great impression during our collaboration since the talent is rare in the market and the demand is very high. We believe that through NPAworldwide, more successful placements will be generated in the future.”
After exhausting his candidate pool, this recruiter took a different approach and reached out to a partner who worked not only in his city, but in his area of specialty, who happened to have a few candidates that he did not yet know of. Being a part of a global recruiting network, with access to other recruiters within a specific niche or location, can help recruiters fill those roles they otherwise not have been able to fill!